WESA welcomes SK Gaming and Renegades
Top prominent CS:GO organizations SK Gaming and Renegades have joined the World Esports Association. Announced on Thursday, the two teams will join WESA in hopes of providing a better structure between event organizers, players, and organizations alike.
“We have been looking for ways to partner with the leading organizations in order to both professionalize the industry, as well as grow our profile,” SK Gaming CEO Alex Muller said in a statement. “We believe that the organization fits our strategic goals with the collection of teams within WESA. We look forward to working collectively with all of the other WESA members to take esports mainstream.”
In the news release, Renegades owner and Boston Celtics forward Jonas Jerebko stated:
“The esports industry is evolving and the parallels to mainstream sports are becoming clearer. My experience in sports can positively impact Renegades and, in turn, the esports industry, and I firmly believe that WESA is the right association to help realize those goals”
I founding members of the organization: Fnatic, Team EnVyUs, Ninjas in Pyjamas, Virtus.Pro, Faze Clan, G2 Esports, Mousesports, and Natus Vincere all joined in partnership with ESL to increase player representation, revenue-sharing, and shared regulations in the industry.
Faze announced their departure shortly after WESA went public due to allegations that all the organizations would be required to compete in only WESA-sanctioned events in 2018.
WESA commissioner Ken Hershman denied all allegations, and stated that the WESA teams would not be allowed to participate in other events during the ESL Pro League in 2017. He stated that the decision would be “joint one by all WESA members, including the players.”
“We’re thrilled that SK Gaming and Renegades have elected to add their esports brands to the growing collection of leading teams that comprise WESA,” Hershman said in a statement regarding Thursday’s announcement.
“These teams will be a positive influence within WESA, and their contributions in the months and years ahead will be an important part of enhancing our collective vision for the organization.”